I am trying to get off of cymbalta after taking it for 10 years @ 120mg a day. Yes, I was prescribed cymbalta 60mg bid. Now missing a single days dose and I start getting zaps 24 hours later until the dip in systemic exposure (AUC) is recovered. If I miss two or three days (due to cost) I become unable to work or get around, because of the brain zaps. Any suggestions from someone who has successfully detoxifying from Cymbalta on handling the zaps and surviving them would be appreciated.
Morebrain; Boy you have a tough road to hoe as they say. Have you talked to your doctor, Normally they have a tapering dose to help you get off of it or give you something as you taper down from the Cymbalta this would be the smartest way to do it those brain zaps are nothing to mess with and really can confuse us. Tell me as I read your post you are talking about coming off the Cymbalta then you mention you mention missing days because of cost. Many times we do finally get off the medication only to have to go back on it because of the same old problems. So what I was going to say is the company that makes the Cymbalta have some programs to help people with the cost of the medication. But you should really talk with your doctor to get help. And if its cost talks to the doctor about that. or go to the top of this page your on. and in the search bar type in the Cymbalta and a drop down screen comes down with coupons and also patient assistance from the company is there also.
Well, hope that helps some but with the dose you are on right now. it is very hard to try and help you come off and also the time you have been on it. think it over and see what you really want to try and check out those programs Please write back if there is anything we can try and help you with. Chuck1957
The brain zaps are crazy! And they can be very debilitating to say the least! I have been off Cymbalta for a month now and they do taper down, but I am still experiencing them. Mainly in the morning and if my eyes are shocked or head moves too fast.
I had just taken a bunch of time off of work because of the side effects I was having, so I didn't have the time to take once I did come off of it and the side effects became worse! I feel your pain! Can't imagine being on the dose you were on! I was on half your dosage. Feels like you're going to have an aneurysm at any given time!!
Hang in there! It's a tough road and I have no clue why this drug is still on the market after everything I have read!
Hi. I never write in on this boards, but I have recently weaned off of cymbalta and the brain zaps were horrible. I went to my doctor and yelled at him, but he seemed to think it was a very rare side effect like the drug companies told him. Anyway, I did a lot of research on natural antidepressants and found that Turmeric root extract (curcumin) which is touted for its anti-inflammatory effects, can act as an antidepressant since it raises serotonin. Another supplement which is an amino acid - Acetyl-l-carnitine - can raise norepinephrine levels. Both help anxiety levels too. I've tried both and I'm in shock as to how well they have worked. The brain zaps have significantly decreased. I still get some from time to time, but they seem to have given me a lot of relief. They may also be helping my fibromyalgia.
I've decided to go off all of my drugs and try herbal remedies. It may not be for everyone, but it's worth a try. Hope the zaps go away soon... hang in there!
I don't have personal experience with this but I have heard some people say that fish oil helps with the brain zaps. Also, there is a doctor named Cass (not sure of her first name, maybe Mary?) who has written some books and I believe has some nutritional/ supplement protocols she recommends when tapering off of anti depressants. Good luck!!
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